GARAGE – potential public space – STUDENT WORKSHOP & EXHIBITION
“Garage – potential public space” was a workshop/seminar organized and held during spring 2018 by the ‘urban experiments group’. The aim of the workshop was to rethink and reinvent garages and the public space fragmented by them in the context of Tbilisi: to rediscover the potential and offer new scenarios of development considering different locations and contexts in the city.
During this one, intensive month, students studied both: formal and informal garages within neighborhoods of Gldani, Saburtalo and Varketili. They worked on finding out: what role do garages play in everyday life of the locals, what is their function nowadays, what is their potential and how garages and fragmented spaces between them can be transformed into a more effective and usable space for the whole community, instead of only the private owner.
The workshop exhibition/event took place on one of the surveyed locations in Gldani, during Tbilisi Architecture Biennial. It is important to underline, that locals got involved in preparation process, helped in organizing the exhibition space and building a swing for the neighborhood together with the tutors and students. Creating a fruitful collaboration between these three parties, resulted in a mutual respect and trust for future projects to come.